Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Overview of the Chieftec FI-03B Case

Ever since with the light touch of the VIA Technologies the Mini-ITX motherboard standard has entered the consumer market, ample opportunities have opened up for fans of compact computer systems. However, the main problems of the still new form factor were quickly identified then. The most painful among them were issues of components compatibility (which were all produced for a more common ATX format), the problem of their cooling and, of course, the complete absence of sane small cases capable of taking such systems in.


In solving problems with the chassis, the industry initially chose two parallel paths. On the one hand, tiny boxes supplied with an external power supply were put into production. The maximum that they were able to accept was the processors from VIA and Intel with TDP not more than 20 watts. On the other hand, cases where it would be possible to assemble a good game system based on the Mini-ITX motherboard were created. But in size, they often reached the …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Review

Classical desktops are gradually giving way to more advanced and compact PC solutions. The times when compact dimensions signified about fewer facilities have gone, and present-day PC market is able to offer all-in-one solutions, as well as, multi-functional, high-end mini-ATX motherboards. Asus is notable for the constant overcoming of stereotypes that allegedly stagger the development of motherboard functionality. Its P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard proves practically unlimited facilities integrated in products of mini-ATX form factor.



Design and Integration


The availability of an additional board with power components is supposed to be the basic design peculiarity of Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. It is located athwart to the main board and takes DIGI+VRM functions. Those functions are called to provide the motherboard with an efficient CPU power supply subsystem that is able to demonstrate good loading facilities. The additional board is developed according to the …
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